DJ Sets Amanda Gorman’s Stunning Inauguration Poem to Music: Listen

It isn’t any overstatement to say that on an Inauguration Day crammed with memorable moments, 22-year-old poet Amanda Gorman’s poetry studying was undoubtedly some of the lasting. Her poem, “The Hill We Climb,” echoed President Joe Biden’s tackle and introduced optimism to a rustic bruised by 4 years of Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric and chaotic administration fashion, not to point out a Capitol that had been invaded by dangerously hubristic Trump followers simply two weeks earlier.

While it isn’t unusual for poetry to be set to music after the very fact, it was nonetheless a shock to hear Gorman’s poem accompanied by easy, low-key digital music on the Seattle radio station KEXP on Wednesday, simply a few hours after she delivered it.

The ad-hoc tune, which discovered longtime station DJ Cheryl Waters merely taking part in a recording of Gorman’s poem over a tune referred to as “Zion” by Seattle funk-rock ensemble Polyrhythmics, was each energizing and soothing, and suited the message of the inspiring phrases with out being inflammatory. Listeners have been initially confused concerning the music as a result of the 2 recordings are listed individually on the playlist on the station’s web site. The tune is from the band’s 2020 “Fondue Party” EP.

While Waters declined to remark particularly about her inspiration for combining the 2 recordings, and it isn’t out there as an official launch, she did be aware that listeners can hear the tune for the following two weeks in KEXP’s streaming archive on the free cell app, or at:, by coming into the date and time, which is:: 1/20/21 at 12pm.

“When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid,” the poem concludes.
“The new daybreak blooms as we free it.
For there’s all the time gentle.
If solely we’re courageous sufficient to see it.
If solely we’re courageous sufficient to be it.”



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